As we rush towards the end, we get to see less and less Banker and more and more other people.I don't mind much, because the story remains gripping and I'm dying to see the bad guys punished. Still, we know this is the home stretch and so does the drama: everybody becomes more reckless as the urgency increases. Still, it will be alright. Won't it?
I'm no longer willing to entertain the idea that Banker dies and Joo Young morphs into The Incredible Revenging Woman and takes down all the loan sharks. No. Banker must live. He MUST. And because his happiness is important to me, Joo Young must live, as well.
I'm very frustrated with you, Yoon Mi. Get your shit together! DO something. And not something stupid.
They really have no idea what to do with this character. She could have been AWESOME. I'm so distressed about it, you have no idea.
"Being alone" in her case seems to mean be with Do-Hyeong. Hehe. They meet in an empty hospital room, keeping the usual distance between themselves. She informs him she found the rat, and that she is very sorry. She will have to find evidence of his wrongdoing and arrest him now, right? It's interesting, she seems to (correctly) assume that Do-Hyeong already knows who it is. Surprisingly, Do-Hyeong shows a bit of compassion for Park's plight. He says that it's up to her to decide what to do to him.
He's a compassionate man and he's demonstrated with Joo Young that he doesn't try to impose his will on people, so I think leaving it up to her is very much in line with his general behavior.
At this point, the fact that this man is eating every single time we see him just makes me laugh.
This is what I mean! Why hasn't Yoon Mi thought of this already and arranged protective custody? Does Korea not have witness protection?
At the Tracksuit restaurant, Secretary Kim gives the order to kill Janggab - protecting the loan (=Seo) is the top priority. And then, Glove is put into a police car (he looks terrified) and driven we-don't-know-where. Chief of Police's order. DAMN. On the street, the police car is rammed by a black car ... and while the guys in the car still recover from the impact, a motorbike pulls up and Janggab is strangled with a wire.
So the Chief is dirty, too. (Aren't they always?)
At the hospital, Detective Park meets Secretary Kim for the first time and a little chitchat in the parking garage follows. Park is quite surprised (and suspicious!) to hear that this guy wants Seo Jin-Gi dead as well. Secretary Kim guessed Park wouldn't trust him - but he refuses to explain who he is. He brought a bag of money, instead, and that seems to work. He also gives Judas Park a syringe to inject Seo Jin-Gi with. Back at the hospital, Judas Park gets ready to do just that.
Judas, you are hopeless. Weak, morally bankrupt. Undeserving of the sadness Yoon Mi feels over you.
I never thought she cared about him at all, and even here I assumed she just knows which side her bread is buttered on... but later I change my mind.
Why would she lie to him?
I had worked out all my suspicions of him already, so now that I see this, my assumption is that the guy has no idea how ruthless the sharks are and just thinks he's offering a ray of hope to people who are in a bad way. They didn't mention any kickbacks or anything, right?
|Should have been shirtless here|
Why would you keep lying, you fool? You weak, pathetic excuse for a man. Yoon Mi may not be the smartest cop in the precinct but she's a good woman and you have BLOWN IT.
When Do-Hyeong gets home, Yoon-Mi is waiting for him in the lobby of his apartment building. In their frankest conversation to date, she asks him how he can get by like this. "I hurt", he answers. But he knows that Joo-Young is thinking of him too. And he can't let her down - that is why he endures. And that's probably how Joo-Young gets by too. What he's saying, Yoon-Mi, is this: suck it up.
Yep. Stop moping around and DO SOMETHING. If she does do something smart and effective, even if she dies doing it I will feel better about her.
Lee Jin-Sook asks her protege what she intends to do now, knowing Do-Hyeong knows she's alive. Joo-Young says she can't go back - she has no right. THAT again, bleh. Jin-Sook tells her that Bank Guy quite clearly doesn't give a damn about her past. Joo-Young seems to know that too - but she cannot help hating herself a lot and feel ashamed and embarrassed. Because of how great he is and how useless she is. Blablabla. She wanted to rewrite everything, but now, that chance is gone. He knows everything. Ahhhh, honey ... he always knew.
Seriously, she KNEW he knew. How could she not know that he knew? Is she an idiot? Be done with this foolishness!
Sitting outside his apartment with Yoon-Mi, Do-Hyeong repeats the lie that he only got to know Joo-Young three years ago. He will keep lying about this until he dies, because he promised, won't he? He also shows Yoon-Mi the photo of Lee El that Park Hyeong-Sik gave him. I'm not entirely sure what Yoon-Mi makes of it, but she seems agitated.
Well, it's proof he lied to her again, if she wasn't sure before. How much proof does she need? I'm seriously irritated with her this morning.
Lee El is keeping watch over Seo Jin-Gi in a nice apartment before she needs to head out. What she doesn't know is that Lee Jin-Sook has sent Joo-Young to find her, well knowing that this will lead them to Seo too. Joo-Young shadows Lee El as she enters a building (looks a lot like that bar-building to me). Joo-Young follows her in an elevator and almost gets recognized by Shim Han-Joo! What is he doing here??! It's some fancy bar with private rooms and Han-Joo is here to meet with Branch Manager and Lee El, who introduces herself as from "Song Jin"-Interior Design. Damn.
Oh geez, that's a neat tie-up right there. Also, this was the part where I began to think Lee El actually has feelings for Seo. You know, she looked pretty anxious sitting there by his sickbed, and the look she gave him before she left... I dunno. I began to think she does care about him.
(More like to think about thinking about whether thinking about a move feels like something she might want to think about.) Upstairs, Banker Friend is still loyal enough to Do-Hyeong to call him and tell him where he is. At about the same time, Joo-Young calls Yoon-Mi and asks for her help. Too late .... because Park Hyeong-Sik has just entered that private room and drags Lee El out with him. She screams at him and his silliness, that they're almost at the end, they just need to run away now! But for him, this is not the end. They would have to run away forever, living a lie. He threatens to arrest her again if she does not tell him where Jin-Gi is - and it seems she tells him.
So what the hell, then. It seems like she has some feelings for these guys both? I don't fool myself into thinking she wouldn't turn either of them over if it saved her own butt, though.
Well, I give Yoon Mi credit for consistency. On those occasions when she does do something, she always does the wrong thing. The stupid thing. The reckless thing. I'm getting very tired of her.
In that moment of inattentiveness the man who'd been deeply asleep/unconscious after surgery managed to silently get out of bed, quietly put on street clothes that were what? hanging in the closet? (Because they weren't in the room when we saw him in bed.), then marshal the brain power and energy to clobber a cop. Impressive.
Since neither of them ever actually do anything decisive, he won't die.
Awww, did da poor baby gangster get his widdle feewings hurt?
Lee El's character must have been shitting bricks right about then.
He catches his breath when another car pulls up next to him. It's Joo-Young. Hell YEAH.
NOW WE'RE TALKING.
CommentsI won't lie, I'm glad the Park-arc is over. Don't get me wrong, he was a well-played and well-written character (actually one of the more interesting in my opinion), but the dilemma was dragged out too much, mainly because Yoon-Mi is such a BORE. Seriously, can somebody inject her with adrenaline or something?! She took 3 or more episodes to come to terms with his betrayal, which may be how normal human beings would react to such a shock, but it took too long in drama-terms. It just reinforced her constantly wavering, unassertive character to the point where I wanted to scream at her.
He was interesting. I liked him in that sense. I wish we'd been privy to a bit more of his backstory, but it wasn't really necessary so I can't complain about that. I liked that in this very understated way they just had him KEEP making the weak decisions, digging himself ever deeper into that pit.
Yes, he was thoroughly human and believable. R.I.P., Detective Park.
Now we "only" need to find Seo Jin-Gi and Chairman Kang, kill them or arrest them, and we'll be done. Well ... not quite. I do hope Joo-Young will get over her shame when he tells her he has always loved her and always knew exactly who she was. They deserve their happiness and I really hope they get it. I'm not as afraid anymore that Do-Hyeong will die by the end of the drama, but I remain weary. I know this writer.
If she keeps this up I'll get pissed. The thing is, when they first met? All she had to be 'embarrassed' about was that she was POOR. She wanted to rewrite the scenario and be someone he'd be proud of? Then work your ass off, go to college, get a decent job, and hope you run into him again. When are they going to explain why she decided that the best way to get over her 'shameful' past of being poor was to become a BAR GIRL and then the girlfriend of a CRIMINAL? Had she given up on that dream? How come we aren't getting any of that story?
Wasn't it about her useless brother and that loan he got? He couldn't pay that back, hence the little sister had to go work as hostess. No? Would make sense though, cause not paying loan=shadows move in and take you and your loved ones.